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The Trumbull Career and Technical Center is a High Schools That Work site. High Schools That Work (HSTW) is the nation's first large-scale effort to engage state, district and school leaders and teachers in the partnerships with students, parents and the community to improve the way all high school students are prepared for work and further education.

HSTW provides a framework of goals, key practices and key conditions for accelerating learning and setting higher standards. The HSTW effort is based on the belief that, in the right school environment, most students can learn complex academic and technical concepts. The initiative targets high school students who seldom are challenged to meet higher academic standards.

HSTW began with 28 sites in 13 states when it was started in 1987 by the Southern Regional Education Board-State Vocational Education Consortium. Since then it has grown to more than 1000 sites in 31 states. It was recently announced that TCTC was ranked in the top 25 HSTW Career Centers in the country for Quality Career Technical Experiences. This is due largely in part to TCTC staff's commitment to offer the best possible education through quality instruction and high expectations of our students.

HSTW Major goals

  • Raise the mathematics, science, communication, problem-solving and technical achievement of more students to the national average and above.
  • Blend the essential content of traditional college-preparatory studies - mathematics, science and language arts - with quality vocational and technical studies by creating conditions that support school leaders, teachers and counselors in carrying out key practices.
  • Advance state and local policies and leadership initiatives necessary to sustain a continuous school-improvement effort. HSTW Key practices for accelerating student achievement.
  • High expectations - setting higher expectations and getting more students to meet them.
  • Vocational studies - increasing access to intellectually challenging vocational and technical studies, with a major emphasis on using high-level mathematics, science, language arts and problem-solving skills in the modern workplace and in preparation for continued learning.
  • Academic studies - increasing access to academic studies that teach the essential concepts from the college-preparatory curriculum by encouraging students to use academic content and skills to address real-world projects and problems.
  • Program of study - having students complete a challenging program of study with an upgraded academic core and a major.
  • Work-based learning -giving students and their parents the choice of a system that integrates school-based and work-based learning. The system should span high school and postsecondary studies and should be planned by educators, employers and employees.
  • Teachers working together - having an organization, structure and schedule giving academic and vocational teachers the time to plan and deliver integrated instruction aimed at teaching high-level academic and technical content.
  • Students actively engaged - getting every student involved in rigorous and challenging learning.
  • Guidance - involving each student and his or her parents in guidance and advising system that ensures the completion of an accelerated program of study with an in-depth academic or vocational-technical major.
  • Extra help - providing a structured system of extra help to enable students whom may lack adequate preparation to complete an accelerated program of study that includes high-level academic and technical content.
  • Keeping score - using student assessment and program evaluation data to improve continuously the school climate, organization, management, curricula and instruction to advance student learning and to recognize students who meet both curriculum and performance goals.
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